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New and Improved (or Reduced) Website for 2019

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been posting to this blog much lately. Or worse yet, you probably haven’t noticed.

To some extent, that’s because of changes in the way that “we” (read: academics) use electronic media since I began the blog in 2012. Increasingly, we trade ideas and references via Twitter rather than writing out lengthy thought-pieces and essays (except, of course, for the writings in formal outlets that count as “research”). There are advantages and disadvantages to this change (see, for instance, my reflections on my most recent Twitterstorm regarding the #immodestwomen hashtag), but it is a change in how we communicate. Additionally, an increasing amount of my work is through institutes and programmes that have their own communication structures — IBRU, the ICE LAW Project, DurhamARCTIC, Political Geography. This means that there are fewer “official” announcements to put on this blog. If something first is announced by one of these institutions, it makes more sense just to retweet their postings.

I still will use this blog for occasional ramblings and musings, but probably with decreasing frequency. To that end, I’m keeping a blog on my website, but it’s no longer on the front page. At the same time, I’ve greatly revised the website to focus on my current (and anticipated future) projects. If you’re interested in my past work, there’s still a link to my c.v., which I’ll update regularly (really…I promise). But the homepage and research pages are now much more sharply focused on current projects.

Finally, a few announcements in the Arctic area for those of you who might have missed them via Twitter or other means:

  • The ICE LAW Project is hosting its final conference at Durham from 25-27 April 2019. For more information, see the Project’s website and the call for papers. Abstracts are due 15 January 2019.
  • DurhamARCTIC, the interdisciplinary PhD programme that I direct, is hosting its first ‘Summer School’ 25-28 April 2019. Timed to coincide with the ICE LAW Project, the Summer School has funding to support 14 Early Career Researchers from the around the world, with specialties in a variety of disciplines. Applications are due 31 January 2019.
  • DurhamARCTIC is also seeking new PhD students. We expect to fund six new students beginning in Autumn 2019 (and another five beginning in Autumn 2020). See the DurhamARCTIC website for more information about the programme. Applications for the Autumn 2019 cohort are due 15 January 2019.

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